The food is one of the best parts of any New Orleans visit.
YUMMY - the food almost makes the traffic worth it.
J had four riders this year. He has been on the Orpheus Krewe since that first year. I have never riden and don't really want to.
J describes the experience like that of feeling like a rock star. He claims that there is an incredible rush having hundreds of people calling out to you even if you are wearing a mask and throwing beads to the crowd.
J is proud to be a part of the big parade and I enjoy watching him share that with his guests.
This is a picture of the street lights that were used years ago to light the way for the parade. They look so dangerous. I don't really understand their history but the locals do.
This year I was not able to get on the correct side to see him at the ball and get his attention but it is still thrilling to watch them come in.
Elizabeth and Tony enjoyed themselves. It took awhile for them to perk up after the ride. I guess throwing beads for several hours can really wear a person out.
Great performances all around. The crowd loves Harry so much. Having him on stage electrifies the crowd.
up his Law and Order: Special Victims Unit's co-star.
Mariska Hargitay joined them on stage.
Brett Michael surprised us as how great his performance was. He really is an all star entertainer. It is his Poison time is what I remember most about his music. I loved hearing "Unskinny Bop" as it took me back to the year that J and I dated.
We headed back to the hotel so very late. That felt like the walk of death. Lisa and I both had blisters. Bill and Jason were both sore. Elizabeth and Tony stayed later. It was a very hard long walk. The hardest part was getting up the next morning and getting out of town before the Mardi Gras Day parades began. We were still sore and tired. Driving out of town we saw several floats full of people hauling it down the highway. Only in New Orleans where Mardi Gras is taken so seriously can a float full of people be found going down the interstate at highway speeds. It is part of this sub culture that J and I have fallen in love with. I hope that each of you had a very Happy Mardi Gras (and Lundi Gras) knowing that you will have a prayerful Lent.